Five Reasons Why You Should Meditate (Even if You are a Skeptic)
That’s right. I’m talking to you, you little skeptic.
You are on my radar today. Do you know why?
Because I hear you say it all the time.
I just don’t have time for this…I don’t think it works…Maybe in the future
You just can’t believe in meditation, can you?
You constantly come up with excuses not to try it, even though, deep down, you know you need it.
So what’s up with you?
Are you really that busy? Or is it something else?
Perhaps you’re not quite convinced yet.
Maybe you need someone to persuade you with scientific talk?
Maybe if someone laid it all out in front of you, you would be willing to give it a fair shot.
Well, if that’s the case, then this is your lucky day.
Because in this post, I will give you five, irresistible reasons as to why you should meditate. Even if you are a set-in-stone skeptic about it.
So without any further ado…
Five Reasons Why You Should Meditate (Even if You are a Skeptic)
Meditation Puts You Above the Goldfish.
I bet you’ve been in that situation before.
You sit down at your desk to do some task. You open up your document and you get to work. But two minutes later, instead of being productive, you find yourself scrolling down your Facebook page.
Familiar, isn’t it?
So why is this happening to you?
Is it the lack of motivation? Maybe. But most of the times, it’s your short attention span that’s to blame for this phenomenon.
And you are not the only one experiencing this. In fact, the vast majority of modern society suffers from this problem.
Somewhere along the development of technology, we’ve lost our ability to focus on one thing at a time. Some sources suggest that even a goldfish has a bigger attention span than most of the people living in western society.
We are constantly bombarded with new content, and in order to keep up with everything, our attention needs to be scattered all over the place. In certain cases it can be a useful ability, but when it comes to giving something our full attention, it’s a real obstacle.
Fortunately, as shown in this case study, meditation can be of tremendous help for us. Consistent practice of meditation significantly improves our attention span, ability to focus and keep the mind from wandering around.
With the help of mindfulness practice, you can say goodbye to being distracted once and for all.
Meditation Brings Back Your Happiness.
Our society is pretty messed up, isn’t it?
On one hand, we are pushing forward the technological and scientific development like no other generation, but on the other, the price we pay for it is our own happiness and emotional well-being.
The sad truth is that the vast majority of people experience severe stress, anxiety, and even depression on a regular basis.
The statistics show that approximately 18% of US population suffers from anxiety, almost every adult encounters severe stress on a daily basis, and that depression affects 350 million people around the world.
The problem of emotional well-being isn’t something that we can sweep under the rug anymore. This issue has to be addressed, but the problem is that most of the people touched by these conditions often don’t know what to do about it.
If only we knew about a practice that virtually anyone can do, without having to see any doctors, teachers or counselors.
Wait, we do know about such practice — it’s meditation.
As shown in this study, meditation is an effective method of treating anxiety disorder. This study supports the claim that meditation can play a huge part in the process of recovering from depression. And this study shows the positive results of stress reduction through mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness meditation is not some new-age hippie practice. It’s a scientifically proven method of dealing with mental illnesses. And often it’s much more effective than regular treatments based on drugs and costly therapies.
Meditation Quiets the Monkey Mind.
We all have a monkey mind. The nasty part of us that constantly blabs about everything we experience. (aka. Neurosis)
It judges people. It worries about the meeting. It gets frustrated with the traffic.
It even goes as far as making things up.
The monkey-mind is selfish. It wants our whole attention, so it often makes a big deal out of nothing. It’s also extremely persistent. It just doesn’t want to shut up, even if we don’t want to listen.
Despite our best efforts, the monkey keeps on screaming. So we live in an ever-present noise.
And let’s be honest, it’s killing us.
The constant mental chatter takes away all the joy out of life. It turns happiness into misery. And it reminds us of our insecurities every step of the way.
So wouldn’t it be great if you could quiet the monkey?
Wouldn’t you like to duct tape its mouth so that you can savor a beautiful moment in peace?
Fortunately for us, meditation makes possible.
As shown in this study, meditation can greatly reduce the symptoms of neurosis, and even in some cases, alleviate it completely.
The lack of monkey mind contributes not only to your happiness, but also, things like productivity, creativity, and compassion. This specific benefit of meditation spreads to all areas of life, which makes it extremely valuable.
Meditation Turns Darkness into Light.
Do you ever feel like you have no one to turn to? Like there is not a single place in the world where you belong?
It’s a nasty feeling, isn’t it?
It’s especially painful for us, humans, since by definition, we are social creatures. We need to feel close and connected to others in order to function well and be happy.
But sometimes it’s just not there.
Sometimes we’re alone. And it makes us suffer.
The feeling of loneliness can get so deeply embedded into our lives that it becomes its theme. Soon, all of our actions start to reflect the emotional suffering that we are dealing with.
And sometimes we’re just not ready to go out there and find somebody.
So what would be the best way to deal with this problem if meeting new people is not an option?
Since this article is about meditation, the answer is rather obvious, but I will say it anyways.
One of the best ways to deal with loneliness is practicing meditation.
As shown in this study, meditation plays a major role in reducing the amount of negative effects of loneliness on people’s physical and mental health.
Meditation is a great way to embrace the feeling and get to know it better. Because nothing helps us deal with problems more than knowing them thoroughly.
Besides, the devil is not so black as he is painted. Loneliness can be a drag, but only if you see it as such. Being alone enables you to introspect. And in my opinion, introspection is the key to personal growth and success.
You can greatly benefit from spending time in solitude because it allows you to contemplate and plan effectively. Add a consistent practice of meditation on top of that, and soon, you will see massive improvements in your life.
Meditation Makes You a Professional at Dealing with Emotions.
I’m sure you’ve heard of IQ — the magical number that indicates your ability to think logically and solve problems.
But have you ever heard of EQ?
And would you be surprised if I told you that EQ is actually much more important than IQ?
You see, not many people know this, but success in life is not determined by logic. It’s determined by the ability to function well despite experiencing strong emotions, whether they’re positive or negative.
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is an ability to do that; an ability to understand and deal with emotions, but not like an ordinary person — like a professional.
Because let’s be honest, there are many ways you can understand and deal with emotions, but not all of them are great. In fact, most of them are pretty inaccurate and harmful. That’s why it’s important to develop emotional intelligence.
So what’s EQ all about?
Emotional Intelligence is quite a broad topic, but I will give you a general idea. You can read a rich definition here.
Emotional Intelligence is a profound understanding of emotions that’s rooted both in theory and experience. It’s an ability to recognize and understand emotional states in oneself, but also in other people.
Emotional intelligence has five major competencies. These are; 1. Self-awareness. 2. Self-regulation. 3. Social skills. 4. Empathy. 5. Motivation.
You can improve these skills simply by reading about them, but as I said earlier, EQ is rooted both in knowledge and experience.
And that’s where meditation comes into play.
As presented in this study, mindfulness meditation has an enormous impact on one’s emotional intelligence.
It allows you to build a little bit of distance between you and your emotions. As a result, you don’t have to get carried away with them. You actually get to choose what you want to do about the emotion. It’s like a super-power.
Meditation enhances the ability to cope with stressful situations. People who practice can easily take on bad news and know how to act to improve their situation without pressuring or blaming themselves. They understand that getting anxious or worried isn’t going to help at all, so they approach it with a cool head.
Meditation a great way to cultivate self-awareness and self-regulation. And with the development of these traits, you can also drastically improve your social skills, self-motivation, and empathy.
Meditation is one of the best (if not the best) tools that you can use to improve your emotional intelligence. If you care about living a successful life while still keeping your emotions under control, EQ is a must-have ability for you.
So there you have it.
Five Reasons Why You Should Meditate (Even if You are a Sceptic)
Now you really have no excuse.
So stop making them up and get to work because as you can see, meditation is not a woo-woo ritual, it’s a scientifically supported practice that has the potential to transform your life.
And it’s only a matter of time before your competition finds out about it and leaves you far behind.
Don’t let that happen.
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